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VP/Executive Producer, Podcasts, Topic Studios

A full time position at First Look Media, New York NY, USA
Posted 34 weeks ago

The Position:

The VP, Podcasts, Topic Studios oversees the development and production of podcasts for Topic Studios. The VP creates and executes the creative/editorial vision and strategy for Podcasts, and works across departments and with partners to produce shows and take them to market. This role will be a thought leader for the Studio’s podcast strategy and partner to the Head of the Studio in shaping and driving the business within overall Studio strategy. Along with Studio verticals in TV, Film and Documentary, Podcasts will align with Topic Studio’s creative vision and revenue goals. With a deep understanding of the podcast marketplace, the VP will optimize our approach to sales and sponsorship, brand building, and identifying areas for growth in a rapidly changing industry; commission shows and strategize sales and marketing plans that will break through the noise in the current marketplace, and scale the business as we grow it.

The role will report to the EVP/Head of Topic Studios in New York City. The VP of Podcasts, Topic Studios will further build the company’s presence in the podcasting marketplace, and establish and lead an intimate department in the company’s NY office. Additionally, the Senior Producer, Podcasts, based in the Studio’s sister company The Intercept, will split report to the VP and provide podcasts based on Intercept IP (currently running and to-be-developed) for the VP to bring to market.

The ideal candidate will have a proven sales track record at a premium podcast outlet; sophisticated taste and superior development skills; be a self-starter with a book of existing creative and buyer contacts that enable them to hit the ground running; possess the desire and drive to build a brand and a portfolio of business; excellent communication skills; and will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.


Background & Qualifications:


Topic is the entertainment studio and ambitious storytelling brand dedicated to supporting creators at the forefront of culture. From Academy Award®-winning films (Spotlight) to television (Losers), digital (aka Wyatt Cenac) and podcasts (Anthem, Missing Richard Simmons), we explore a wide range of subject matter, both fiction and nonfiction. Our approach – challenging, compelling and unconventional –reflects our commitment to discovering and amplifying independent new voices and supporting established ones.


A bold, independent spirit defines everything we do at First Look Media – from journalism that holds the powerful accountable, to arts & entertainment that shapes our culture. Launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media is built on the belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and fiercely independent perspectives, are vital to a healthy democracy and a vibrant culture.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer​--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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